Teaching Endorsements

Teaching Endorsements in ELL/BLE and Reading with Emphasis on Dyslexia

Are you prepared for the new 2020-21 Washington State requirements?

Our program will get you ready:

  • 100% online
  • Self-paced
  • Competency-based
  • Complete in as little as 8 weeks

Dear Educator:

At this unique moment in time, distance learning isn’t just a meaningful concept – It’s a very real thing.

When down time gives you extra time, make it meaningful for you, your students – and your career.

Enroll in Heritage University’s Endorsement Program for

  • ELL/BLE Endorsement
  • Reading Endorsement

Heavy emphasis in:

  • Assessment and instruction for students with Dyslexia.
  • Building a culturally competent teaching practice

This unique program is:

Convenient – Competency based, self-paced, all online- Can be completed in as little as 8 weeks

Affordable – Priced to fit your budget.

Fulfilling- Hone your craft and have more tools available for you to teach those who need you most.

Rewarding– With an immediate boost in salary schedule – for bachelor’s or master’s-degreed teachers.

Now’s the time. Here’s why:

Washington State requirements: Beginning in 2020-21, school districts will be required to train teachers to provide appropriate assessments and interventions for all students identified with dyslexia.

Rapidly increasing need: As the need for specialized training in reading instruction increases exponentially over the next few years, school districts statewide will need teachers with expertise.

YOU’LL BE READY: The right certification means you’ll be uniquely prepared to identify students with reading difficulties, understand the appropriate interventions, and be able to implement best practices for designing and delivering instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of earning an endorsement and/or a Master’s in Inclusive Education?

  • TIME: Given the current stay at home order across the country, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to dedicate time toward professional development
  • EXPERTISE: Hone your craft and gain knowledge and skills that will help you be a more effective teacher.
  • JOB SECURITY: Holding additional endorsements may qualify you for leadership positions in your district.
  • COMPENSATION: Teachers with a Master’s degree earn, on average, $10,000 more per year in the State of Washington. Total cost for a Master’s program through the competency-based option is under $15,000. This is an investment that provides significant returns.

How does a competency-based program work?

In a competency-based model, students move through the sequence of courses required for the endorsement independently. There are no online or face-to-face courses. Instead, candidates demonstrate mastery of the competencies through portfolio assignments and proctored exams.

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential represents a portion of course equivalence to one credit. For instance, RDG 502 has two micro-credentials: History and Theory of Reading and Dyslexia. To demonstrate mastery of the competencies for each micro-credential, students complete a portfolio assignment and take an online proctored exam.

How are the courses graded?

Courses are graded as pass/fail. Each portfolio assignment has a rubric for scoring purposes. Each online proctored exam contains 20 multiple choice questions and five short answer/essay responses. Students must successfully complete all assessments for each micro-credential in order to receive a grade for the course.

What is the course sequence?

Course Sequence for Competency-Based Endorsements
Reading ELL
RDG 502- 2 credits BLE 527- 3 credits
RDG 505- 2 credits BLE 522- 2 credits
ENG 538- 2 credits BLE 520- 2 credits
RDG 506- 2 credits BLE 532- 2 credits
RDG 509- 2 credits BLE 530- 2 credits
RDG 507- 2 credits BLE 526- 3 credits
RDG 504- 2 credits BLE 572- 2 credits
RDG 573- 2 credits
Total : 16 credits Total: 16 credits

Is there a timeline for completing courses?

This program is self-paced and allows for rolling enrollment options. In this way, students can enroll in a course as soon as the previous course is completed. There is no need to wait for the beginning of a semester to begin a course. Similarly, students have the ability to wait between courses if they are not prepared to move forward.

How do I get the endorsement after I take the course, and/or what test do I need to take?

This depends on the state in which you live. In Washington State, after you complete the coursework you will need to take the following assessments: NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction (104) or the English Language Learners (051). For more information, please visit the Washington Educator Skills Test website at: http://www.west.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html. If you live in another state, please contact us at 509-865-8650 for state-specific information.

Can I use these credits to meet the requirements of a Master’s Degree?

ABSOLUTELY! The credits from the ELL/BLE and Reading endorsements are designed to contribute to our Master’s in Inclusive Education: Dyslexia, ELL, and Cultural Competence. If you complete both endorsements for 32 credits, the only additional requirement for the Master’s Degree is a three-credit research sequence.

What qualifications are required for this program?

Required: Students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While not required, it is preferable that a student be working as a P-12 classroom teacher while pursuing the endorsement options.  The COE application packet is required, but is limited to general information. Students are not required to take any entrance exams.

What technology do I need for this program?

Students need access to the internet and a webcam/headphones to fulfill testing requirements.

How do the exams work?

The cost for your exam and portfolio assessments is included in your tuition; however, should you need to repeat an assessment, additional fees ($125) will apply.  You will contact your advisor to schedule your exams when you are ready, at which time you will receive access information.  Please plan to have a webcam (i.e. webcam is one word) installed in/on your device to permit remote proctoring of exams. Detailed instructions will be provided prior to your scheduled exam.

How much does earning an endorsement cost?

Each endorsement is 16 credits. The cost per credit for the competency-based program is $437.50. This reflects a discount of $358.50 per credit. Total discount for the endorsement is $5,736. This includes testing fees for the first attempt. If a student fails the test and/or portfolio, a retesting fee of $125 will be assessed. Students will pay for each course as they progress through the program. In this way, the payment schedule is individualized to each student based on course enrollment.

Program Faculty & Staff

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Kristen Maxwell

Assistant Professor


Joanie Monroy

Associate Professor

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Ed Rousculp

Special Assistant to the Provost, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Director, CILT

Kari Terjeson

Kari Terjeson

Chair, Department of Teacher Education

Contact Us for More Information

At Heritage, we’re here for you.

When you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call. Our helpful staff is available to answer your questions and help you through the process.